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Don't despair, people with RA can live normal lives. Some people can even go into spontaneous remission. Everyone's situation is different. My wife's mother has had RA for almost twenty years and she's doing fine. Of course, she's in pain from time to time but for the most part she's done well. She works 7 days a week, so it's not holding her back. She's never taken any of the injectible drugs, i.e. Enbrel, Humira, etc. One thing that I think has helped her is her diet. She is Vietnamese and generally eats the traditional Vietnamese foods/meals. Interestingly, in Vietnam, autoimmune diseases are very uncommon. I think diet may be the reason. Her RA was iniated by trauma to her hand and then further progressed. Her hands and knees seem to be mostly affected. I know that beef or pork seems to agitate her RA so she trys to stay away from those foods.
I see an MD who practices alternative medicine and mentioned my mother-in-law to him. He said that he has patients with RA and puts them on the SCD (special carbohydrate diet) from the book, Breaking the Viscous Cycle. I think he also has them take green lipped mussels among other supplements. He didn't go into a whole lot of detail but specifically mentioned that a recent patient was able to go off of Humira b/c of the success of the alternative therapy.

I would like to believe that food is the answer to disease. I would like to avoid all drugs if possible.

I recently came across some info from the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.
It said that those consuming the Mediterranean diet had a statistically significant 56% decrease in disease activity, based on reductions in joint swelling, tenderness, and pain. A modest improvement in physical functioning was also reported in the Mediterranean diet group, as well as increased vitality and a better sense of well-being compared with one year earlier. The majority of these benefits were not seen until after six weeks of treatment. Individuals in the Mediterranean diet group had a small, but significant decrease in weight of about seven pounds (3 kg) and a slight decrease in total cholesterol. No significant change in any measurement was observed in those consuming the standard diet.

Other nutritional supplements that have been shown to be effective in treating RA include fish oil, borage oil, vitamin E, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), selenium, zinc, and green-lipped mussel. Herbal extracts of boswellia and Devil’s claw may also reduce the swelling associated with RA.